May 24, 2019
Philip Morris International Comments on English Court’s Plain Packaging Decision
“We are certainly disappointed but understand that the English Court
ultimately deferred to the Parliament’s judgment about cigarette
packaging. Inexplicably, however, the Court’s reasoning relies heavily
on a 2006 decision by a judge in
In conflict with basic rules of procedure, the Court relied on that case even though it was not included in the parties’ bundles of authorities, and the parties were not asked to address it at the hearing. This surprising departure from basic principles of English law raises serious questions about the process, and undoubtedly presents strong grounds for appeal.
The broader question, however, is what actions make the most sense
for the seven million adult smokers in the
We will instead maintain our focus on efforts to develop and
commercialize scientifically substantiated reduced-risk products that we
firmly believe will ultimately benefit
PMI is the world’s leading international tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including Marlboro, the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, PMI is engaged in the development and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (“RRPs”). RRPs is the term PMI uses to refer to products with the potential to reduce individual risk and population harm in comparison to smoking cigarettes. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities, and industry-leading scientific substantiation, PMI aims to provide an RRP portfolio that meets a broad spectrum of adult smoker preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. For more information, see www.pmi.com and www.pmiscience.com.
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